Located on the east coast and just 10 minutes south of Cheviot, Gore Bay is popular with surfers and anyone who’s after a quiet, seaside getaway. It’s the best place for an ultimate kiwi holiday and here’s how to make the most of it.
1. Take your pick between camping in the hillside or on the shoreline, Gore Bay has three camping spots to choose from! All fitted with hot showers, washing machines and toilet and kitchen blocks you will be more than comfortable. Each location is only a very short walk to the beach where you can wake up with a morning swim.
2. Enjoy Fish and Chips on the beach - the kiwi dinner. You can pick up some fish and chips from Cheviot... it’s only a ten minute drive away so they’ll still be hot when you get them back to the beach!
3. This is a primo surfing spot! Grab your board and take it along, Gore Bay has renowned surf and it’s known to have some of the safest surf in New Zealand.
4. A popular spot with the fishermen. Surfcasting on the north end of the beach is known to bring in a dinner or two.
5. Explore the rock pools – Take a walk down to the reef at the south end of the beach. In low tide there’s plenty of sea life to look at and explore.
6. Toast marshmallows on a bonfire. Sit back and light a bonfire on the beach, get the marshmallows out and relax after a big day’s exploring - just be sure to keep your fire away from shrubs and plants.
7. Walkways and Cathedral Cliffs - Take a walk along the beach or hit the reserve, this pretty track with singing fantails will lead you from one end of the Gore Bay batches to the other. A fantastic sight is the Cathedral Cliffs; they can be seen from the walkway but they are best viewed off of the Gore Bay Tourist route. Take a drive and pull over to see this stunning sight.
8. Board games in the tent or bach. The best form of family entertainment, bring the cards and board games along like you would for a true kiwi holiday.
9. Native birds – bellbirds and woodpigeons feed on bush berries, you might spot them on the walkways. Also look out for sea life such as Hectors dolphins! They’re known to swim by during migration seasons – it’s not often you get to spot the world’s smallest dolphin.